The new Valentine's cards hide under the Amarylis
Barbara Muir © 2012Okay I'm a sucker for Valentine's Day. It seems so
perfect -- a celebration of love. Kindness is one of the
most important qualities in the world, and love for
one's self, others and the world is at the root of
kindness. So here's to a wonderful Valentine's
Day for you tomorrow. Whether you have a special
sweetheart, or are just spending the day with
friends and colleagues. Love and the potential
for joy are everywhere on this happy day.
I send it out to you and hope you know how
much your kindness and encouragement,
and fine work mean to me.
Tonight I'm showing you a picture of this
year's Valentine's Day cards, tomorrow --
ta da, the card in its full glory.
Have a loving-the-kindness-in-your-world day.
This is lovely, Barbara. You are a kind artist and your tribute to love is appreciated.
I hope you had a great day with your loved one and that the year will continue to be filled with all the benefits of a loving relationship.
Thank you so much. I didn't get into the symbolism of the card, which for a woman who did her undergraduate thesis on Iconography and Imagery in Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene, matters. The yellow bird is a rarity in these parts. Even rarer because I don't know of a yellow bird with blue wings. But he/she wanted to be on the card, so there she/he is (probably a he in the bird world, but we can pretend.)
I am reading a grim novel about a birder, and skimming because it's so harsh, but that may have brought my love of birds to the fore. So not only is the bird a harbinger of spring, but in a northerner's life a bit of a miracle even at that lush time of year, like true love. We didn't have snow when I painted the card, but it snowed the next day. So there you go. That's the back story.
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